ENGIE ground breaks its largest solar project


The largest solar project in ENGIE‘s solar portfolio has been unveiled in Borden County in the US state of Texas.

Once operational in the summer of 2020, the Long Draw Solar Project will serve four municipalities and their electric utilities.

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The solar project will comprise 800,000 solar panels and provide energy to the New Braunfels, Denton, Garland and Kerrville municipalities.

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The 225MW solar project will employ 250 people during peak construction and generate total estimated tax payments to Borden County and the Borden County Independent School District of more than $10 million.

The project is expected to keep energy bills for consumers in the four municipalities low as well as make the regions’ energy mix cleaner and low-carbon.

Over a period of 15 years, NBU has contracted for 100MW, Denton for 75MW, Garland 25MW and Kerrville has purchased a total 25MW.

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“We’re so glad to join with leaders here in Borden County and with our customers to support them in creating new opportunities to diversify their renewable energy sources on a meaningful scale,” said Luis Felipe Birolini, head of solar development at ENGIE North America.”

ENGIE has set a target to build approximately 9,000MW of new renewable energy projects from 2019-2021 globally, including 2,500MW of new renewable capacity in North America.

The company has an additional 10,000 MW of wind and solar projects in its broader development pipeline in the US and Canada.